Mink & Silk Eyelash Extensions – What You Should Know

With the popularity of eyelash extensions growing globally, several news types of eyelashes are popping up. But what’s the difference?
Although any of the extensions will give you constant compliments, there are some vital differences between these popular eyelash extensions that you should be aware of.

Differences Between Mink, Silk or Synthetic Eyelashes

The main difference between the types of lashes comes down to their firmness, are they real fur, faux fur or synthetic.
Synthetic or Silk lashes are the heaviest, great for a really full thick look, often rated at 0.20mm in thickness.
Mink or Faux Mink are usually thinner and softer than Silk  rated at 0.15mm-0.2mm in thickness, but can also come thicker as well.
I usually use Mink, and I consult my clients to figure out the thickness that will work with their expectations.
Real Fur won’t hold a curl as well as Faux Fur.

Mink Eyelashes

Mink Lashes are the new craze. If you’re going for that 100% natural look, this is the best you can get. Most people love Mink because they look so natural and give them full, fluffy eyelashes.
Real Mink lashes come from the Mink tail, either the Siberian Mink or the Chinese Mink. The Siberian Mink are the better of the two.
There is also the Faux Mink, they are more affordable, come very close to holding all the same characteristics except if you get them wet, they won’t lose their curl which is a huge advantage over real Mink.


Mink lashes are known to be very light and soft, making them a more comfortable choice over silk lashes. They also have a gloss or shin to them and have a more natural fluffy look. They often come with a perm and will last a little longer than silk.


You should choose Mink lashes if you want extensions that you’ll be wearing for a prolong period of time. In other words, you plan on keeping them and continually retouched.
The minks are also  great if your own natural lashes are thinner, because the mink lashes are very light and soft.
If you want a more natural looking lash which you can apply mascara to enhance, then Mink should be your first choice.
Note: You should only use mascara designed for extensions.


Now this is the scary part. An initial set of Real Mink lashes will be a bit pricey.
I charge all first-time clients up with an initial set of Mink lashes for only £40 half set and £65 full set ( I often offer discounted prices on them also). 

Silk Eyelash Extensions

When someone says Synthetic Lashes they are referring to either Silk or Acrylic.
Synthetic Silk being the more popular of the two for the lighter feel. Not as light as Mink, but they are more comfortable than Acrylic and can be used for everyday use.


Synthetic Silk Eyelashes are great for short term wear or special occasions since they are thicker, full and have a uniformed perfect curve to them.
Since they already hold such a dark pigment, there is no reason for mascara.
They are usually much thicker than Mink lashes rated at 0.20mm.


Choose Synthetic Silk eyelash extension for those special occasions. A wedding, a photo-shoot or a part in a film. You can use them as everyday lashes as well but they won’t be as light and comfortable as the Mink lashes.

Getting Your First Set Of Eyelash Extensions

If you live in Surrey UK area you can call me anytime for an appointment for your next set of extensions. We’ll consult you and choose the best length and thickness for your needs.

Email: info.adnacristina@gmail.com
Mob: +44 (0) 752 812 2018

Elemis Skin Buff & Visible Brilliance - Review, Photos & Swatches

Hi Ya!!

Elemis is the leading luxury British spa and skincare brand favoured by as many as 6.5 million spa-goers per year. 
The successful combination of natural active ingredients with cutting-edge technology has enabled them to bring to market some of the most influential anti-ageing products and professional spa-therapies the beauty industry has ever seen.

A key figure in Elemis’ success has been the ongoing support of Jan Kusmirek, one of the world’s leading authorities on organic ingredients, Essential Oils and medicinal plant extracts. His expertise has enabled the company to discover some of the world’s most cutting-edge ingredients and manufacturing techniques to guarantee every product delivers maximum results. 

I have been using Elemis Skin Buff & Elemis Visible Brilliance for about 4 weeks now and ladies I will be really honest with you.

When I started using the skin Buff, I stopped with my old one straight way, which was Neutrogena - Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub, It left my skin so smoothly even that my family noticed after a few days using it, exfoliator and cleanser in only one product, I didn't need to use any other product; if you can use only one which reduces your shower time specially if you don't have much time in the morning like me, that's even better. Don't you agree?

The skin buff left my skin with a fresh complexion every morning, yes, I use it every day to give me the results I want and I have always done this way, for years; scrubbing my face every day. 
Its tiny crumbs really cleans my face and it's very efficient, it eliminates and prevents blackhead, well at least on my skin it worked beautifully, as my face was all covered in black heads. I don't know why, but my skin stated being like that from my 30's, any way I found what I was looking for. Thank you Elemis!

I also liked Elemis Visible Brilliance which is a serum that brightens and re-energises stressed skin, for people like me who work the whole day on a stressed environment. Yes readers, I work everyday from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Friday; I'm a working mum of two, so the job is doubled and this serum is everything.

 I apply the serum everyday in the morning and night just before I go to bed, and I don't use anything else. My skin feels so much rested and smoothed in the morning when I wake up. It works like a prep for my skin before makeup, but if you really want to see results you must use it everyday. If you fail this process, it will take longer to show.

At the top, you have to twist the collar anti-clockwise and press the white pump to dispense the product and when you are done twist the collar back to close it. Easy peasy!! I'm still using both skincare products because I really liked them; it worked for my skin which was dull, with black heads, tired and they just made my life easier.

Right! I do find them quite pricey, but it's worth a try!
Skin Buff online for £24.60 
Visible Brilliance for £40.90 

So ladies I really hope you liked my review and let me know if you have ever used Elemis product and what your thoughts are...

Thank you for stopping by...

My Makeup Master-Class Featured on @CountyWeddings Magazine

Hi Ladies!

I'm so happy to have my makeup tips featured on a magazine a couple of times, specially on a wedding magazine as I love working with brides, I mean, transforming a women in a sophisticated and elegant lady on their big day and see their happiness and satisfaction with my work is really rewarding for me.

Working as a MUA my goal isn't to change people completely but to have the ability not only make people feel good about themselves, but also to empower women by bringing out their natural beauty and confidence on their dreaming day specially.

It inspires me to continuous with my work and gain more and more knowledge about the industry and not just make ladies feel prettier but also teach them a bit of what I know if there is a situation of lack of money or they want to do it themselves. I do hope that with my expertises on a magazine, it would help many women at least the basics, which isn't hard to do, but on the other hand it's so lovely been pampered and not stress about anything else to have a fresh face on your wedding.

Loads of tips about shine skin, dry skin, lips, makeup, etc. Be happy, be gorgeous and be yourself...

See ya! 

Galvanic, High Frequency & Microcurrent Facial #review

We all know that skin condition is a matter of skin health and not just aesthetics. While a proper skin care is one of the most effective ways to maintain the issue of ageing, blemishes and dehydration, our skin could use an extra boost, which is why I recommend the use of electrical machines also known as facial and body electrotherapy. 

Electrotherapy is a range of beauty treatments that uses low electric currents passed through the skin to produce several therapeutic effects such as deep cleansing of the skin, muscle toning in the face and body and lifting of the face.Current technologies offer various electrical machines to aid in the treatment of skin condition. Such machines include High Frequency, Galvanic and Micro-Current.

As a professional I know many people aren't aware of the benefits of these treatments which could boost their confidence and self esteem as well as for the beauty therapist to be able to offer more treatments to clients and Salon owners which could increase their business in every way. Ageing, blemished and dehydrated skin are conditions that we all face. Our skin ages every day, and it is up to us to take the necessary preventive measures to ensure our skin ages at a slower frequency. Electrical treatments offer ways to address the issues that go with any skin condition to help clients maintain not only a youthful appearance, but also a good skin health.


A galvanic facial involves the use of mild electric direct currents consisting of positive and negative ions to refresh, stimulate and rejuvenate the skin. The average time for the treatment can vary from 25 to 40 minutes, prices also vary.  

The treatment aims to improve the skin in two ways: 

  • Cleansing which is a process called desincrustation, which a pre-treatment gel with a negative charge is applied to the skin; and 
  • nourishing through iontophoresis, which a second gel with a positive charge is applied to a clean and dry skin.
This is achieved by the application of a small, constant,direct current. The treatment works on the belief that charged ions in the skin are either attracted or repelled from the electrodes (conductors or probes). Galvanic treatment is normally done on the face for deep cleansing and on the body to treat cellulite. 

Benefits and effects of Galvanic:

• Tightening and firming of tissues.
• Decrease in blood flow.
• Decrease in sensitivity.
• Reduction of oedema and lymph stagnation.
• Oxygenation of cells.
• Calms and soothes the skin.
• Restores critical moisture.
• Regenerates the skin.
• Stimulates cell renewal and improves skin vitality.

High Frequency

High-frequency treatment uses low-current high-frequency alternating currents, carried via a glass electrode (conductor or probes). Because the high frequency current converts some of the oxygen in the air into ozone, the treatment has a germicidal action. The treatment is used to aid healing, and also to help desquamation (the skin's natural exfoliation), and stimulate sweat and sebaceous glands. 

This helps dry out spots and it is good for oily skin. An indirect high frequency facial uses a saturator electrode held by the client to draw a moisturising massage medium deeper into the skin, and so is best suited for more mature or dry skin types. The treatment also lasts between 25 to 40 minutes and it can be done once a week for the first 4 treatments and once a month after that. 
The machine can be used most on the face but can also be used on the back for a "back facial" (the same process for facials) to treat spots. 

Benefits of High Frequency:

• Stimulates circulation of the blood. 
• Increases glandular activity.
• Aids in elimination of toxins and absorption of nutrients to the cell.
•  Increases metabolism.
• Germicidal action occurs during use.
• Generates heat inside the tissues.
• Aids in deeper penetration of product into the skin.

Benefits of Indirect High Frequency:

• Aiding in the penetration of treatment creams/serums/complexes by increasing the blood flow.
• Regenerating the skin.
• Re-energising tired and stressed skin.
•  Assisting in massage for an ageing skin using the indirect method.


Microcurrent is a low level of electrical current that reflects body’s own natural current, which is sub sensory in most causes and therefore barely noticeable. The treatment works by passing a very small direct current through muscle tissue to stimulate our sensory receptor and that is why it is very important that the beauty therapist knows exactly where the origins and insertion of the muscle are for best results.  

It is a anti ageing skin treatment used to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by improving texture and appearance of skin and reducing the overall visual appearance of ageing. Skin care therapists use micro-current to tone and firm the skin and it is most related to the term "non surgical face lifting".

The treatment can be done between 30 to 45 minutes and it depends on the client's skin type, condition and age. Most beauty salons offer the treatment by courses of 6 or 10 sessions and prices also vary. It can also be applied on the body (breasts) to help lifting the skin. 

Benefits of Microcurrent:

• Improve muscle tone in face and neck.
• Lift jowls and eyebrows.
• Skin exfoliation.
• Sun damaged treatment.
• Increase product penetration.
• Reduce wrinkles and eliminate fine lines
• Improve facial circulation

I hope this post has been really helpful. Let me know if you have any question...

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